Alumni Association names award recipients

first_imgDuring the winter meeting of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, two musicians and the founder of an after-school program for children in Kansas City’s urban core were honored with Notre Dame Alumni Association awards, according to a press release. Chuck Perrin, class of 1969, was awarded with the 2016 Rev. Anthony J. Lauck, C.S.C., Award. The award recognizes alumni achievements in fine arts and visual arts.On campus, Perrin performed and acted as well as operated a performance space that became an off-campus arts hub for interaction between teachers and students. He started a similar space in his hometown of San Diego called Dizzy’s Jazz. Dizzy’s Jazz, an all-ages performance collective, has become an acclaimed San Diego institution known among jazz fans internationally.Gene Bertoncini, jazz musician and class of 1959, received the 2016 Rev. Arthur S. Harvey, C.S.C, Award. This award honors alumni with outstanding achievement in performing arts.Bertoncini, originally from New York, graduated Notre Dame with a degree in architecture. He is one of the world’s preeminent jazz guitarists and was a member of The Tonight Show Band during Johnny Carson’s tenure. Aside from performing and recording, Bertoncini also teaches at the Eastman School of Music and William Paterson University.Bradley Grabs, class of 1992, was awarded the William D. Reynolds Award for his work with the youth and his dedication to serving children in need.Grabs graduated Notre Dame with a degree in accounting and discovered his passion for working with children during his year with the Vincentian Service Corps West. Afterward, he began teaching at Rockhurst Jesuit High School in Kansas City, Missouri. He started the Learning Club of KCK in 2002, an after-school and summer program for children in the urban core. The Learning Club and its over 100 volunteers currently serve more than 120 children per week at five sites. Tags: Alumni Association, Alumni association awardlast_img read more

Student Union Board looks to diversify events, increase branding

first_imgThis past semester, SUB has made it its goal to increase their offerings to a wider range of the student body, and its efforts to diversify the big names they bring to campus have showed, such as in the Karamo Brown talk. SUB’s presence can be felt throughout campus, and the consistent range of events available does not hurt, but its signature event — the fall SUB concert — fell flat, with many students not even realizing it took place this semester and no recognizable artist headlining. Grade: BTags: 2018 Student Government Insider, Karamo Brown, Student Union Board, SUB, SUB concert Bringing high-profile guests, student concerts and movies to the student body, the Student Union Board (SUB) has made its goal diversifying its events and branding itself more distinctly this semester. “We saw a lot of people that knew events that SUB did and have been to some events that SUB has done, but did not know they were SUB events or didn’t even know what SUB was,” senior Allison Dopazo, director of operations for SUB, said. “So we tried to brand ourselves more and increase awareness of who we are as a group.”Bethany Boggess, executive director of SUB, said SUB sponsors campus events on a weekly basis. In the last week alone, SUB hosted a talk with Karamo Brown from the Netflix show “Queer Eye” and held its annual fall concert. Although professional artists typically perform at the SUB fall concert, this year the group chose to showcase student talent.“We mostly just wanted to recognize how much student talent there is on this campus and how few opportunities there are to preform,” Boggess said. “Obviously we have AcoustiCafe, but the fall concert really allowed for other types of performers to engage.” Other notable events from this semester include $3 movies — the most recent being “Polar Express” — and AcoustiCafe, which showcases student performers in a low-key setting Thursday nights in Duncan Student Center.Boggess said the movie showings have been successful for SUB this semester.“We’ve been really strategic with the movies that we’ve chosen to try to consider different groups of students on campus and what they might like to see and not just what we want to see,” she said.Boggess acknowledged that SUB is typically known for its concerts and its ability to bring big names to campus, but she wishes other SUB events would be recognized more. “I think that people mostly know the concerts, which is fun, but I still feel like that’s all anyone is waiting for … but I’m just like, ‘No, look at all these cool things we do, like movies every week for only $3 and we have AcoustiCafe every week,’” Boggess said. “We just did an event where we had a bunch of free pastries and coffee from Einstein’s Bagels and really cool professors came and you could just hang out with them and ask them about their lives. … So I wish that it was easier to get people roped in.”Boggess said she also believes many people on campus do not know their favorite events may be SUB-sponsored and noted an increase in branding as one of their semester goals. “Again, going back to people not attributing events to SUB or people don’t attribute the events that they love to SUB … maybe they know what AnTostal is, but they didn’t realize it was a SUB event,” she said. “ … Maybe that is a branding issue on our part.”Dopazo said nine committees work together to put on the many events SUB hosts, including the Concerts Committee.“I think on a leadership perspective, it’s important that all the lead programmers of the nine committees we have — concerts being one of them — feel equally as important and feel like they’re equally contributing to what SUB is and to the student body in general,” Dopazo said. “Because I don’t think it’s fair for the concerts lead programmer to have all those pressures and then for all the other lead programmers to feel like their stuff isn’t as important, which it obviously is.”Dopazo and Boggess both said they are proud of their work this semester in diversifying SUB’s events, and noted that the AnTostal theme for the coming semester will also be a nod to this effort, though the theme has not been released yet. “This year, I think we’ve diversified our events, and I think that’s because we have had more of an eye for that,” Dopazo said. “One example is the Karamo Brown event. He’s a very proud, gay, black man, and it’s so important to have this kind of voice expressed, especially on our campus.”Dopazo said the organization is trying to promote diversity in its other events as well.“We’ve diversified our movies to incorporate different kinds of interests, and things of that nature,” she said SUB also welcomed a new advisor this year, Alicia Bates, who has helped the group keep a mindful approach to their planning. “[Bates is] really pushing us, and what’s really nice is that since she’s brand new, she’s able to see SUB from a totally external point of view,” Boggess said. “So we will say ‘OK, here’s our movies lineup.’ And she’s like, ‘Why?’ And then you’re forced to think about, ‘OK, why are we doing this?’”With the many different student programming groups on campus, Boggess and Dopazo recognize there are many options for students and have made an effort to work with other groups to create events instead of competing with them. “We try to do so much,” Boggess said. “But I guess overall, we just want to provide programming to the student body that’s something that they want and that they desire for their college experience to make use of Notre Dame as a destination that cool people will want to come and engage in and to just bolster the community as much as possible.”last_img read more

Interbike 2010: New Nano-K Carbon Road Handlebar, Oversized Pro-Level Stem and Colors from FSA

first_imgThe new K-Force Light Road Stem (which officially debuted in May) is extremely oversized by request of Pro Tour teams that wanted something extremely stiff. It uses reversed bolts on the face plate for both aesthetics and to save a bit of weight because they don’t have to reinforce the face plate as much. It has a 1.25″ opening with a keyed insert to make it fit 1.125″ steerer tubes.  $250. New color options in the SL-K parts line. The pink will only have 500 of each item coming to the U.S. and a portion of the sales goes to breast cancer research. If you recall, the big news from FSA was the release of their all-new complete drivetrain group: Metron.On the backside of their display, they had some updates and new products for their K-Force components. The new K-Force Light Nano K road handlebar has carbon nano tubes in the resin. During the curing and molding process, it fuses the nano tubes into the unidirectional carbon fiber to create a stronger, more impact resistant bar. It weighs in at 189g (about 20g lighter than the regular K-Force Light bar). MSRP is $350.Below it is a new stem developed with pros in mind, and they have some new graphic color options.  Peep ’em after the break…last_img read more

Minton nominated to lead Tax Section

first_imgMinton nominated to lead Tax Section August 15, 2016 Regular News Minton nominated to lead Tax Section The Florida Bar Tax Section’s Nominating Committee has nominated Michael D. Minton of Ft. Pierce to serve as the 2017-18 chair-elect. Minton is a member of the Tax Section Directors’ Committee and chair of the Committee on Specialty Tax (formerly known as the Agricultural Tax Law Committee). He has served as chair and co-chair of the Long Range Planning Committee and co-chair of the Section Administration Division. Minton is also known as the unofficial historian of the Tax Section, having written or co-written the Tax Section’s history and subsequent updates. The Tax Section bylaws provide that petitions setting forth the names of other nominees for the office of chair-elect may be made by any 10 members of the section. Those petitions must be filed with Tax Section Secretary Mark Scott no later than September 15 to allow inclusion on a written ballot. Nominations for the office of chair-elect will not be permitted unless the nominations have been made by September 15 and in the manner described in the Tax Section Bylaws, Article III, Section 2, (a) and (b). If there is only one nomination for the office of chair-elect, that nominee will become chair-elect. The term of office of the chair-elect runs concurrently with that of the chair and begins on July 1 after the section’s annual meeting at which the chair-elect is elected and ends on the succeeding June 30, when the chair-elect automatically assumes the office of chair. Minton is a shareholder, director and past president of Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth and manages the firm’s Ft. Pierce office, which operates under the name Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer.last_img read more

Flinging open a digital doorway to the courthouse

first_img March 15, 2017 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular News Flinging open a digital doorway to the courthouse Flinging open a digital doorway to the courthouse Senior Editor Creating a “digital doorway to the courthouse.” Figuratively changing the Latin words at the top of the courthouse to “Welcome! How Can We Help?” That’s how Jim Kowalski, managing partner at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc., described the idea behind the Florida Legal Access Gateway (FLAG), as he recently gave a status report of a pilot project in Clay County to the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice. Chief Justice Jorge Labarga called it “one of the most promising initiatives to come from the commission’s work, the concept of a statewide triage gateway to guide litigants through the legal process.” And former Bar President Greg Coleman, serving as chair of the Executive Committee, called it the commission’s “primary accomplishment” so far — a collaboration between Kowalski; Dominic “Donny” MacKenzie, immediate past president of The Florida Bar Foundation; William Van Nortwick, and Florida Justice Technology Center Director Joyce Raby, and many others.FLAG Pilot “You will learn how significant this portal is going to be, I would suggest not just for the citizens of Clay County and the state of Florida, but ultimately, I think this is going to act as a national model that is going to be adopted and help hundreds of millions of Americans,” Coleman predicted. But right now, not so much. The pilot in one county needs more time for a useful evaluation before expanding statewide. The FLAG pilot — currently only dealing with evictions and simplified divorce cases — was extended another six months until June because, “we do not yet have sufficient data to support a comprehensive evaluation,” according to the FLAG evaluation report. One of the big lessons learned is people may find forms on a computer, but they still need to talk to a real person to help fill them out. “We have realized that the obstacles facing self-represented litigants are perhaps even more daunting than initially perceived,” Kowalski, MacKenzie, and Van Nortwick wrote in a January 31 letter to Chief Justice Labarga. “We applaud your decision to include self-represented litigants as an initial focus area for the permanent commission.” On February 3, at the commission’s meeting in Tallahassee, MacKenzie and Kowalski gave a demonstration of the pilot project, showing how a person can use the system anonymously and how there is a clearly marked notice to get immediate help if it’s an emergency, such as domestic violence. Because the goal of the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice is to not only bridge the justice gap for the poor but the working poor and middle class, MacKenzie explained the economic threshold to qualify for FLAG is 400 percent of federal poverty guidelines ($24,300 for a family of four) — or $97,200 for a family of four.Key Findings Among the key findings for the initial testing period from October 11, 2016, to November 30, 2016: • Out of all FLAG users, no one filed paperwork with the court. Not one FLAG user moved forward with litigation. • FLAG referred only one user to Jacksonville Legal Aid, but was from Duval County and could not be counted as a user within pilot parameters. • FLAG has made no referrals to Jacksonville Bar Lawyer Referral service. • FloridaLawhelp.org, started by the Foundation and now run by the FJTC, received 135 users/visits from FLAG. • When FLAG directs users to DIY Forms, a document assembly, forms-builder program created in collaboration between the clerks and the Office of the State Courts Administrator, the “landing page” is too complicated and family law forms contain a notary jurat that deems the form not immediately e-file-able (the user must download the form, find a notary, have the form notarized, scan the form back into the system, and then e-file the form). “It’s almost as if. . . experienced lawyers are writing for a law student, and we’re not writing them for the firefighter and schoolteacher who need to get a divorce,” Kowalski said of complicated DIY forms. “I do think, as we move forward, we appreciate. . . the opportunity to take a step back and collaborate and look at whether these systems are duplicative. Are they complicated? How do we get the landing to be inviting and comforting?”Triage Interviews In the first six weeks of the pilot program, there were 1,262 triage interview sessions, an average of 25 a day, Kowalski said. About 20 percent of those triage interview sessions were referred to four “help destinations”: • FloridaLawhelp.org and the DIY Forms program, self-help forms that sit on the E-filing Authority page, because they are intended to be immediately e-file-able once the forms are completed. • The clerk’s “low bono program,” offering face-to-face legal help for $1 a minute. • Three Rivers Legal Services, a Legal Services Corp.-funded entity; Jacksonville Legal Aid.$1 a minute One of the most exciting findings, Kowalski said, was the popularity of the low bono program hosted by Clay County Clerk of Court Tara Green, where lawyers from the Clay County Bar Association, primarily practicing in family law, give legal help for $1 a minute. “It worked as we expected. In large part, folks came in with forms partially completed, or in some cases all completed, or in some cases not completed, from the family law Supreme Court approved forms website,” Kowalski sad. “They needed the assistance of the lawyer to gain an understanding of whether they were completing the correct forms and whether, through that process, they were prepared to go to court to resolve their dissolution family law case.. . . “One of the major pieces that we heard over and over again from the user is they needed someone to talk to,” Kowalski said. “I think all of us who were involved in this project were significantly impressed with how hard it is to represent yourself in court and how much of an opportunity we have creating a digital doorway to the courthouse.” Clerk Green was summoned to the podium to answer a few questions. “What we have noticed from staff is that there is that gap when people come in and need another resource. We were very surprised at the success of low bono,” Green said. “I think one of our biggest hurdles that we are going to have to go over, and I think it’s one we can go over, is communicating this resource, that the FLAG system is out there and how to get it. Once we effectively do that, and we make it known as a resource, it will definitely get utilized. People will go that route.” Kowalski said he was struck with how hard it is to be a citizen with a legal problem trying to handle it without a lawyer, and that the commission needs a “strong focus on self-represented litigants as we move forward.” “How many times folks needing to file a family law case simply come to the clerk’s front window asking the most basic questions. And then they don’t file. They go back home, and they try to find something else about what they do next. And then they come back and ask a couple more questions of the clerk. And then they go home. And then they try to find what to do next,” Kowalski said. Pointing out the filing fee for a divorce is $400, MacKenzie said, “If you think the filing fee is intimidating, the paperwork you encounter when you step up to the counter at the clerk’s office is even more intimidating. What we found is. . . people simply turn away. It’s one thing to not be able to afford a filing fee. It’s another thing to not understand or try to fathom the paperwork. Then what people do is they go to the internet, and we’re hoping by going to the internet, they will find this FLAG triage, and it will be a little less daunting and a lot more accessible.” Lee County Clerk of Court Linda Doggett, who serves on the commission, said, “Clerks are not surprised at what you’ve learned. We’re very excited to have others learn what we have experienced every day, with both coming to the counter and not getting enough assistance to figure out how to represent themselves or how to move forward on a case. I think the idea is not to make decisions on their behalf but to just point them in the right direction so they can get where they need to be.”Self-Help Centers Calling the FLAG pilot “very exciting,” Doggett asked about the strategy going forward and whether they will consider other counties that already have low bono, self-help attorney consulting. “I mean, that’s the goal,” Kowalski said. “The goal is we’ve seen what are generally referred to as courthouse-based self-help centers.. . . In many states, those are structured through the court. In Florida, they are structured strongly through the clerks. That is absolutely a solution. Combining self-help centers with the build-out of the Florida Bar Referral Service, which obviously will be hugely informed by all the work here. Those two seem to be a strong component, along with taking that united step back and rethinking our forms process would be the three pieces to move forward on.” MacKenzie added: “We intend and hope to expand the subject matter well beyond the two subject matters. And we also hope that we expand statewide. In essence, what our plan is, this pilot has been extended until June, because we want to collect more data. Between now and June and next fall, we are going to be working internally on an RFP [request for proposals] for statewide application, so that should this thing be approved for statewide application, there will not be a lag or delay.. . . We’re going to assume we’re going to go statewide. One day we hope this will have hundreds of subject matters that people can get help for.” “We’ve already taken an exciting project that was birthed in another state [New Mexico],” Kowalski said. “We took their dream components and combined it with the clerks of court, and made it the example for the country. And we hope to continue to build.”last_img read more

FuelCell Energy awarded three projects

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Intelligent Energy fuel cell system trial success

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Pioneer Marine Takes Delivery of 2nd Green Dolphin

first_imgOslo-listed shipowner and dry bulk transporter Pioneer Marine Inc has taken delivery of its second 38,419 dwt Green Dolphin eco-design handysize vessel, the MV Kite Bay, from Yangzhou Guoyu Shipbuilding.MV Kite Bay’s fuel consumption is about 6 tonnes per day lower than the non-eco design vessels, according to Pioneer.The Green Dolphin newbuilding series is equipped with Ice Class 1C, fully logs fitted, suitable for the carriage of various dangerous cargoes, grab fitted, ABB Octopus system for fuel consumption optimization, and mass flow meters on the bunker line.MV Kite Bay will begin a one-year charter on a floating rate based on the Baltic Supramax Index less a small discount. The deal includes an option to extend the charter for up to one additional year.With this delivery, Pioneer now operates a fleet of fourteen handysize vessels and one handymax vessel.“Pioneer had contracted twelve newbuilds of which three have been cancelled without penalty and two vessels have delivered. The seven remaining newbuildings are scheduled to be delivered in 2016 (four) and 2017 (three),” Pankaj Khanna, Chief Executive Officer, said.As World Maritime News reported, the company took delivery of its first Green Dolphin vessel the MV Falcon Bay in September 2015. The vessel is chartered under a one-year charter agreement, with an option to extend the contract for up to one additional year.last_img read more

Allseas and Synergy relocate factory

first_imgAllseas was contracted by Synergy Cargo Services Europe Pty Ltd to move the Bridgewater factory to Chittagong, where it will be reassembled and refurbished for operation by MAF Paper Mills .The relocation required the shipment of pieces up to 5.8 metres wide; the consignment included a series of massive tanks and drums as well as 132 high-cube containers, 40 x 40-foot flatracks and several open-top 20-foot containers.The size of the largest pieces meant a road journey of any distance was not an option for the largest pieces, so these were shipped out of Ellesmere Port (near to the factory location) by feeder to Antwerp, for loading on the SCI Chennai .The project, managed by Synergy managing director Sanjoy Das , Synergy director Amit Ahuja , and Allseas Global Logistics commercial manager Mark Binge , began in November 2010 and is now nearing completion.The factory – technically called a de-inking plant – will be refurbished in Chittagong and is expected to be 100 percent operational in the next nine to 12 months, producing pulp.Factory relocations represent a major area of business for Allseas, which has developed a strong reputation and expertise in such work. “We have been extremely busy handling factory relocations in recent years,” said Mark Binge. “Ten years ago these were mainly moves to China as the final destination – but the markets are now much more varied.”Last year Allseas was appointed by Pilkington to handle the relocation of a glass factory from Birmingham in the UK to Santos in Brazil.Synergy, a rapidly growing global logistics company with bases in Dubai, India, Colombo and London, has recently handled major project cargoes out of Wales and Germany, amongst others.last_img read more

Bilbao invests USD55 million in port development

first_imgThe Punta Sollana dock will be extended by 330 m to a quay length of 680 m. The expansion will allow two ships to moor simultaneously and therefore speed up the loading and unloading of liquid and bulk cargo traffic.The work is intended to reduce the effects of waves that cause overflowing on the Punta Sollana esplanade, and vessel movement in port.Sacyr Construcción and Cyes Infraestructuras will complete the project. It is expected to take 44 months at a cost of EUR41.2 million (USD55.06 million). www.bilbaoport.eslast_img